a loss. like one of these people that suffered a loss whether it is in something like connecticut or a soldier who's lost their life, let them know, let the family members know you're thinking about them. >> reporter: for many, for these families, the pain endures. only eased a little at a time, a year at a time, a day at a time. the lesson? hold tight. keep holding tight. mike taibbi, nbc news, fort stewart, georgia. >> our thanks to these american heroes and our thoughts with their families tonight. that is "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm lester holt reporting from new york. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today" and right back here tomorrow evening. we leave you with the crowds outside our door step here at rockefeller plaza. good night, everyone.